I'm not saying you're wrong, but Fowler is going to get a chance whether you like ir not. There is backup, as you point out. And a subpar Fowler would not be the right fielder. These are some of the reasons they have spring training.
Scott Boras has enjoyed every minute of this. But has he overplayed his hand? We'll find out soon.
Sosa would be a logical replacement. Robinson, the acquisition from Texas, has some shortstop on his resume and we'll see him this spring. Sosa would be a longer-term choice although Gyorko and/or Munoz could get you through a few days.
Outfielder Lane Thomas came fast last season, winding up as a regular outfield for Class AAA champion Memphis.
I was talking about the half a billion dollars or more to sign both Harper and Machado to long-term deals. And there's one thing that all of you have to understand about this. Perhaps these two players don't even want to play here. This a two-way street, albeit one paved in gold.
All of the above could happen although least likely is that he will be a star out of the bullpen. If he is a star, it will be out of the rotation.
I think Cincinnati has had the best off-season in the league, so far. We have to see where the top-tiered free agents wind up yet.
No, he did not. And neither did Bonds or Clemens, neither of whom was ever suspended.
They would have little choice. There are other options, notably O'Neill and Martinez. The definition of "productive" may come into play here, though.
I enjoy being on the East Coast, although it is more expensive. And on the West Coast, there are more teams to play in the spring.
I don't know how you would reduce it. There is only so much time between the end of the World Series and the start of the season.
I have had heard nothing but I would think the Cardinals would have big interest in that and Mikolas, who gets to train at home in Jupiter while he is with the Cardinals, would have large interest, too.
Well said. No team yet has won a World Series with either Harper or Machado. And Harper hasn't even been on a team that has won a playoff series. So there is little guarantee.
Some of it might depend on whether 12 or 13 pitchers are kept. Munoz is the more versatile, O'Neill the more dangerous. It will be interesting but Martinez and/or Gyorko might not finish the spring with the Cardinals either.
Yes, some of the numbers aren't that important but on-base is. Then, he could hit higher in the lineup.
I would say Pittsburgh so far, but no NL Central team loses more than 90 games.
There will be some traffic on the Memphis-St. Louis corridor but all the names you mentioned (except Reyes) contributed last year and could do so again.
Ortiz was never suspended. The rules are no different for him. The perceptions may be.
It could take much of the season, or even afterward. But I don't think the Cardinals want to take it that far. St. Louis fans can have a big say in this if they really want him to stay.